The most common burns that happen to kids are liquid burns, like scalding by hot water or other hot liquids.
Burns can range from mild to severe. Not all burns require emergency medical care — some minor burns can be treated at home.
If a child has a burn that is large, a burn that's caused by electricity (as from a live wire) or a chemical (like a household cleaner), or a burn from fire:
To help prevent burns:
Reviewed by: Kate M. Cronan, MD
Date reviewed: May 2013
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.